In November 2019, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev played an exhibition match in Mexico City at the stunning Plaza de Toros bullring in front of 42,517 fans, setting the world record for attendance at a tennis match. The record stood for less than three months, no matter how attractive it was.
Tennis giants Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal raised the bar to a higher level in Cape Town on February 7 last year, writing history books as many times in the previous 15 years. As a part of the Match in Africa 6, Roger and Rafa battled at the Cape Town Stadium in front of the crowd of 51,954, setting a new world record that will take some beating in the years to come.
Two legends joined forces a decade after the first Match in Africa to share their passion for the sport with the people in South Africa, a land of Roger's mother where he never competed before.
Federer sent Nadal a signed racquet after their last year's Match in Africa.
Of course, it all happened for a worthy cause, raising money for the Roger Federer Foundation alongside Bill Gates and Trevor Noah, who shared the court with the legends in the doubles clash.
In a singles match between the 39-time Major winners, Federer toppled Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in an hour and 45 minutes, keeping his perfect record in the Match in Africa after previously beating Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, John Isner and Jack Sock.
Preparing it for months, both players agreed to play on February 7 after finishing their Australian Open duties, gathering in South Africa for one of the most significant sporting events of the entire year. Just two days earlier, Nadal opened his Rafa Nadal complex in Kuwait and traveled to Cape Town to share the glorious moment with the opponent against whom he battled all over the world 40 times since 2004.
Federer could not thank Nadal enough for all the efforts and making that long trip to South Africa after a grueling month of January in Australia, sending his friend and rival signed racquet from the Match in Africa event.
The racquet is proudly displayed at Rafael Nadal's Museum in Mallorca, together with the Spaniard's most significant trophies and other memorabilia from his encounters with Roger.